NYC Climate Justice March draws 300,000 – 400,000 protestors on September 21st, just a few days ahead of the UN Climate Summit

A warm day in New York City brought 400,000 people together across social, economic, racial, gender, age, and ability divisions for a massive march through Manhattan. The purpose was to once again draw attention to changing climate and to show world leaders attending the UN climate summit that their citizens are expecting action to prevent a climate catastrophe. The vast array of signs and banners gives a fractional representation of the wide spectrum of humanity attending the event.

From the http://www.peoplesclimate.org website…

“To Change Everything, We Need Everyone.

On September 23rd, heads of state are gathering to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we are taking a weekend and using it to bend the course of history.

In New York City there is an unprecedented climate march  – in size, beauty, and impact. Around the world people are taking action at over 2,700 events in more than 150 countries to demand Action, Not Words. We are demanding the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

This summit is historic – and so is this mobilization. Because the fight against climate change is about us – the people who are standing up in our communities, to organise, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.”

The gallery below is a selection of my favorite shots from the Peoples Climate March in NYC on September 21st, 2014. The additional photos can be found here…https://www.flickr.com/photos/jagarlandphotography/sets/72157647544180509/


See the link below for the rest of the gallery on Flickr…

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jagarlandphotography/sets/72157647544180509/

Seattle Housing Authority welcomed by demonstration at Yesler Community Center

More than a hundred protestors held a rally outside the Yesler Community Center on Wednesday, September 17th to fight back against SHA’s proposed housing cuts. City Council Members Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant were on hand to speak and state legislature candidate Jess Spear appeared to stand in solidarity with those facing evictions from their low income housing.

From the event Facebook page…

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) want to push “work-able” tenants out of their housing by increasing tenants’ rents over six years with a proposed rent policy called Stepping Forward. This harmful policy will only lead to evictions and displacement of Seattle’s most marginalized residents.

Join SHA tenants as they defend their right to housing!

After the rally & press conference, please stick around for the public hearing on Stepping Forward at 6pm. For more information about the TU’s campaign to stop Stepping Forward, visit http://stopsha.wordpress.com/

Working Washington leads low wage and fast food workers in a rally and march across the I-90 bridge to Bellvue

In an event reminiscent of the march from SeaTac to Seattle, workers, union members, and community activists rallied at the McDonalds on Madison. Malcom Cooper Suggs, a McDonalds worker spoke on $15 an hour, “$15 an hour has the ability to alleviate that struggle from us, and not just that, but bring back some of the dignity and respect we deserve as people, because we are people. Too often we are just seen as workers, we have on these uniforms, we look exactly the same. They think that we are one with the company. That’s all they see, people who flip burgers and take orders. At the end of the day, when we clock out, we are all people. I think that’s true for anybody who does their job. This cameraman isn’t a cameraman no more after he clocks out, hes a regular person. We deserve our dignity and I think that comes with a living wage.”

After a few more words, the demonstrators marched through Seattle to the I-90 bridge via the East Portal Viewpoint Park. As the hundred or so demonstrators moved across the bridge on the sidewalk, they made room for bikers  by staying to one side. Vehicle traffic on I-90 headed West came to a predictable crawl as drivers strained to read signs as they passed. Some car drivers honked in support while others held fists of solidarity as they drove by.

The march across I-90 was accompanied by a small boat on Lake Washington, carrying people holding signs and using air horns.

Further actions are planned throughout the day and you can find more information here…

http://www.workingwa.org/2014/09/09/wednesday-tomorrow-local-fast-food-workers-declare-i-now-wa-rally-risk-arrest/

The Nawt-sa-maat Alliance

On a warm sunny day at the Daybreak Star Indian Center, hundreds of people gathered for a “ceremonial launch of the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance” and salmon dinner with views of the Salish Sea. Attendees listened to speakers, spiritual leaders gave blessings, and people danced and sang in unity of their common desire to protect the environment.

More information can be found here…

http://www.protectthesacred.org/

 

From the website

“This coming Sunday marks the ceremonial launch of the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance: a coalition of Coast Salish Nations, environmental, interfaith, and youth activists, and impassioned community members who love the land and waters of the Salish Sea and call it home.

Nawt-sa-maat is a Coast Salish word that can translate to “One House. One Heart. One Prayer. United in power to Protect the Sacred.” The Alliance is calling for unprecedented, unified action to protect and restore the Salish Sea and its communities from the fossil fuel projects that threaten the region. The gathering takes place on Sunday, September 7th at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and includes a Ceremony and a Salmon Bake to launch and strengthen the extraordinary collective work taking place in the region. The gathering will be an opportunity to learn about and join the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance, bring diverse groups of people from around the region together, and plug into a growing network of people and organizations who stand in unity to protect the Salish Sea.

All members of the Human Family are invited and warmly welcome to take part!”

Seattle city council pushes back signing of Indigenous Peoples Day resolution

Indigenous people from around the Seattle area gathered with community activists to rally for the signing of Resolution 31538 outside of Seattle City Council. Resolution 31538 states “Relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day; declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle; encouraging other institutions to recognize the Day; and reaffirming the City’s commitment to promote the well being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community.”

Members of the Sacred Water Canoe Family drummed, activists spoke and sang, and even Mayor Murray made an appearance, showing his support and mentioning a signing on Columbus Day, October 12th, officially announcing the change to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell suggests that one media camera (ignoring the 5 other photographers in the room) was not enough to sign Res. 31538 and agreed with Mayor Murray that it would be better to sign the resolution on Columbus Day, ignoring those who traveled to see it signed today. Kshama Sawant was the one council member to question pushing back the signing of Res. 31538.

 

Faith leaders unite with tribal representatives and community activists to support the Lummi journey against coal exports

Friday August 29th, 2014

Hundreds of activists and leaders from all corners of the community gathered outside the doors of St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle’s Capitol Hill before moving indoors for a totem pole blessing ceremony.

 

From the event press release… “…The cornerstone of Northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point this morning, as a large crowd welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral. The event marks the halfway point of a 2,500-mile binational journey by members of the Lummi Nation to demonstrate the strength and diversity of opposition to a proposal by Gateway Pacific Terminals that would locate North America’s largest coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, the Lummi name for Cherry Point, near Bellingham…The Seattle event featured remarks from King County Executive Down Constantine and a welcome by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe in Lushootseed, the language of the Salish people. All in attendance were invited to join in blessing the 19-foot Western Red Cedar totem pole.

The unusual juxtaposition of a totem and Christian church results from an unprecedented alliance between tribal nations and faith leaders around coal exports. Recently, 10 of Washington’s bishops and denominational executives signed a formal letter of support for the Lummi’s totem pole journey…”

Seattle activists block an entrance to the Port of Seattle to protest the Zim Chicago carrying Israeli goods

Activists and community members spent hours in the sun preventing workers from entering the Port of Seattle to unload the Zim container ship, Chicago. Police eventually moved protestors back to the sidewalks to allow vehicles to pass, although demonstrators were moving in and out of traffic, once bicycle demonstrator was knocked to the ground by SPD and arrested while he was riding between the cars. The crowd was thinning at 6pm as demonstrators held a meeting to discuss future action.

 

 

 

From the Block The Boat Northwest website…

END THE SIEGE ON GAZA!

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS!

END U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI SETTLER-COLONIALIST GENOCIDE AND OCCUPATION!

When the “Zim Chicago” enters the Port of Tacoma on (estimated) August 22nd and the Port of Seattle on (estimated) August 25, we will conduct blockades to prevent the unloading of its cargo, starting early and lasting all day. Estimated dates of arrival are subject to change, and we will continue to give accurate updates on this website. We will also give exact meeting places for the actions in the coming days. Keep checking!

These actions are economic sanctions against Zim Shipping, Israel’s largest shipping company, in response to the current siege of Gaza and the ongoing occupation of Palestine. Any international commerce that profits Israeli companies is oppressing Palestinians. Israel could not continue its occupation and genocide without economic and military support of the United States government. To help end this oppression we must block that support in every way we can.

The toll of “Operation Protective Edge” is almost 1,900 Gazans killed (nearly all civilians), 31% of them children, and almost 10,000 injured. We must act in solidarity with those in Palestine who live under occupation and are facing down genocide. Let’s refuse to let Israeli ships use our ports! Blockade til they go away! Oakland, CA will block a Zim ship on August 16th. In Seattle we shut down the Port for a day in December of 2011 — we can do it again and again. Blockades can and must happen everywhere there is a port, as a contribution to the goal of the complete collapse of the economic base of Israeli occupation.

We can’t do this without your presence! Everyone is welcome, young and old. Bring banners, flags, flyers, sound systems, musical instruments, and your friends. If you can’t blockade, you can participate in the supporting rallies — the more people there, the safer we’ll all be.

Comments, questions, or suggestions? Want to work together? Contact blocktheboatnw@gmail.com. This website will continue to be updated.”